Ami has worked in public schools in some capacity or another since she was in high school. She’s had the pleasure of meeting numerous teachers, staff, and volunteers over the years, and their passion and dedication to educating and supporting our students continues to inspire her.
Ami’s seen firsthand the struggles and difficulties facing our students, families, and school staff. She has seen students who aren’t reading at grade level struggle to keep up with their classmates, parents struggle to balance the demands of work and family life, and staff grow frustrated with the amount of time spent on testing and the insufficient support services for students who need them most. Minnesota continues to have a large and stubborn achievement gap which must be addressed in order to ensure that all Minnesotans have access to the opportunities that education can provide.
During the 2019 legislative session, Ami introduced several education bills that were included in the E-12 education budget that was signed into law by the Governor. These included bills that provide funding for the Minnesota Math Corps and improve teachers’ access to effective resources by expanding the definition of “textbook”.
In higher education, the budget passed this year provides counseling that will help borrowers pay off their loans, but the source of the student loan crisis needs to be addressed. Ami will continue to advocate for holding down the cost of tuition at the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and for investing in the state grant program that provides students with financial assistance.